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When Should I Worry About My Child's Foot Pain?

When a child is experiencing leg pain, parents might not consider the foot as the source, especially because some foot disorders can also cause symptoms in the leg. When it comes to foot-related problems, early intervention by an expert is the key to proper treatment. Learn more »

Keep Your Kids Safe This Summer: Expert Weighs in on Proper Care

The summer months are an active time for families and children. Summer sports and playing outside put children at increased risk for injuries—both small and large. But there are a few ways parents can keep their children safe and on their feet this summer. Learn more »

When to Fix Kids' Feet

Identifying the difference between growing pains and injuries can be difficult for a parent. Since children are growing and active, they can easily take a fall or two without skipping a beat. But if something seems more serious than the typical tumble, it is important to pay attention to early signs and symptoms. Learn more »

Back-to-School Shoe Shopping Tips

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) offers helpful guidelines to in a quick-reference infographic to help minimize foot problems caused by poorly fitting or worn out shoes. Learn more »

Foot Health Facts for Children

Any pain that lasts more than a few days, or that is severe enough to limit the child’s walking, should be evaluated by a foot and ankle surgeon. Learn more »

Tips for Parents: How to Spot Kids' Foot Problems

Foot and ankle surgeons offer advice to help parents recognize conditions early. Learn more »

Surgeons Warn: Skateboarding Tough on Feet, Ankles

Serious lower-extremity skateboard injuries range from minor bruises to open wounds or cuts to more serious foot and ankle sprains and fractures, which may require surgical repair. Learn more »

Sprained Ankles Can be Complicated–and Misdiagnosed

Ankle sprains may be one of the most common injuries, but they’re also commonly misdiagnosed Learn more »

Six Tips to Prevent Kids' Spring Sports Injuries

Foot and ankle surgeons stress importance of safe transition from winter to spring sports. Learn more »

Pediatric Flatfoot: Cause for Alarm?

Untreated flat feet in children can result in chronic pain, reduced mobility and an increased risk for obesity. Learn more »

Ouch! Young Soccer Players Sidelined by Painful Toes

Tight soccer cleats crowd the toes together. Combine that with repetitive kicking, and you've got a recipe for painful ingrown toenails. Learn more »

Ingrown Toenails in Children

Parents can help this prevent a common and painful condition with simple steps. Learn more »

Foot of the Class

After wearing flip-flops all summer, some students will head back to school this fall with foot pain and even injuries. Learn more »

Foot Care During Childhood Requires Specialized Approach

Foot problems are common in children, but it’s easy for the signs and symptoms of underlying foot issues to go unnoticed. Learn more »

Five Signs Your Child May Have a Foot Problem

Foot and ankle problems in children often go unnoticed. Signs and symptoms can be subtle, and sometimes children can’t explain what’s wrong. But it’s important to protect growing feet and have problems checked out early. Learn more »

Field Sports Injuries on the Rise for Children

Increased participation in outdoor sports can also increase the number of foot and ankle injuries, particularly for children who play field sports. Learn more »

Don't Ignore Your Kid's Heel Pain

Student athletes should never "play through the pain" in the feet. Untreated pain can lead to serious complications. Learn more »

Childhood Obesity Linked to Foot Pain

Look down to find one possible culprit in America’s childhood obesity epidemic feet. Physician members of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons have noticed a link between foot pain and childhood obesity. Learn more »

Back-to-School Soccer Season

Parents and coaches should think twice before coaxing young, injury-prone soccer players to "play through" foot and ankle pain, according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Learn more »

Back-to-School Foot Pain

After wearing flip-flops all summer, some students will head back to school this fall with foot pain and even injuries. Learn more »

Avoid Kids' Foot Problems with the Right Shoes

Before buying your kids back-to-school shoes, follow these helpful guidelines to prevent or minimize foot problems from poorly fitting or worn out shoes. Learn more »

A Winning Strategy: Don't Play Through Pain

Sometimes athletes continue to play following foot or ankle injury. Surgeons stress the importance of proper diagnosis, prompt treatment and rehabilitation. Learn more »

Six Tips to Protect Kids in Fall Sports

Every fall season, foot and ankle surgeons see an increase in ankle injuries among young athletes, including sprains, broken bones and other problems. Learn more »

Children's Injured Feet

Athletic children who "play through the pain," ignore injuries, cut rehab short or skip it altogether could face repeated injuries and instability in their feet and ankles well into their teen years and adulthood. Learn more »